Fallon to Host MTV Music Video Awards
“Saturday Night Live” star Jimmy Fallon will host the MTV Video Music Awards, while Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band are close to signing on to headline the Aug. 29 show.
Fallon, who co-anchors “SNL’s” “Weekend Update” newscast with Tina Fey, will host the 19th annual New York kudocast solo; the comic-thesp fronted last year’s MTV Movie Awards with Kirsten Dunst (“Spider-Man”).
MTV has frequently turned to “SNL” talent to host its annual awards show/concert.
The first kudocast in 1984 was co-hosted by Dan Aykroyd (paired with Bette Midler), while ex-“Weekend Update” anchor Dennis Miller toplined the 1995 and 1996 festivities. Chris Rock hosted twice, in 1997 and 1999, while Dana Carvey and Eddie Murphy both got a single at-bat for the gig, in 1992 and 1985, respectively.
Jamie Foxx hosted last year’s VMAs.
As for Springsteen, MTV is expected to announce his performance and the names of several other performers as early as Monday. The Boss backed up the Wallflowers on the 1997 VMAs; he performed solo in 1994.
Springsteen and his band will be promoting their new album, “The Rising,” which is awesome and hits stores next week. The group will perform a special concert from Asbury Park, N.J., on a special edition of NBC’s “Today” show July 30; they’ll also pop up on “Late Show with David Letterman” Aug. 31.